Pagani on Greens vandalism

I respect John Pagani, he has knocked on doors and stuffed envelopes and letter boxes. Here is what he thinks about the Green party vandals:

I spent much of the last couple of months banging on people’s doors and asking them if I could put up a hoarding on their fence. I’ve asked literally hundreds of people.

Usually they say no because, well, they support the other team.

Some say no because they don’t want to make their politics public.

And quite a few say no because they worry they will be targeted for vandalism and abuse.

Which is why my blood boiled when I heard the fool yesterday who organised the defacing of 700 National hoardings – he claimed it was harmless free speech.

Actually, mate, it’s the opposite. Vandals deter other people from exercising their right to free speech. Every person too scared to erect a billboard because they are worried about vandalism to their property is a victim.

Putting up your own sign – that’s free speech.

Standing in front of my sign and calling us every name under the sun? That’s also free speech.

Wrecking other people’s opportunity to have a say is nasty, childish, and illegal.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.